The Arlington High School boys' cross-country team won its fourth straight race at Woburn in its sixth meet this fall, 23-33, to move to 5-1 overall.
The dedicated team showed how much their intense training had paid off Tuesday, Oct. 14. The season’s final regular season meet is set for Tuesday, Oct. 21, against Lexington at the Arlington Reservoir, for the league title.
In Middlesex Liberty League play, both Lexington and Arlington hold 4-0 records. Ranked fifth in the state, Lexington is a tough opponent with many talented runners.
UPDATED, Oct. 21: The second attempt to fill the full-time head-of-assessments position was successful, as Paul Tierney has accepted the Board of Assessors' recommendation to hire Winthrop's deputy assessor.
The board voted, 2-0, to approve Tierney as director of assessing. The annual salary of $91,384 and benefit package were approved on Monday, Sept. 22.
Tierney began his appointment Oct. 14, the Board of Assessors said in an Oct. 21 news release.
Reporting to the assessors, the director oversees and manages the assessors' office and works with the board to determine the value of all real and personal property in town.
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An order temporarily stopping work at the Silver Maple Forest was put in place Monday, Oct. 20, as four more people were arrested, bringing the total to 13 in a week.
Weekend work, reportedly by the developer of Belmont Uplands, resulted in cut trees, shown at right in a Cambridge Day photo.
Ellen Mass, head of the Friends of Alewife Reservation (FAR), said in a news release that work must stop perhaps until there is a ruling on a recently filed injunction.
The four charged with trespass were Katherine Roberts, 30, a teacher and co-founder of Cambridge Day Care Center; Judith Johnson, Boston architect; Amy Mertl, professor of biology, and Danny Factor, a Green Party candidate for secretary of state, she said. They were frisked, handcuffed and are arraigned in Cambridge District Court, Medford.
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With grace under pressure, Armstrong Ambulance Service Inc. of Arlington has received two awards for its work in emergency medical services.
Jeff Scott, a communications manager for Armstrong, was awarded dispatcher of the year for his work in talking a Medford father through the successful delivery of his baby son before emergency crews arrived on scene.
Jeff recently met baby Kirk, along with Jolimar and Diana Santiago, when they came to visit him at Armstrong's offices.
In addition, Armstrong Ambulance received the Team Response Award, along with Medford Police and Fire for their handling of a severe motor vehicle accident on Aug. 1. The car accident was deemed a "mass casualty incident," as five people were critically injured. One was thrown from the vehicle on impact and one of whom was trapped and later extricated after an extensive effort.
The awards were given at the annual meeting of NorthEast Emergency Medical Services, a not-for-profit coalition that works with 50 cities and towns and 15 hospitals in the region to support and coordinate emergency medical services.
Separate ballot-question groups are spending online-advertising dollars to promote their sharply diverging views about the Community Preservation Act, so voters should study the websites of each to assess the messages.
KEEPING WHAT'S OURS: Numbers big and smaller Part 2
Respected leaders on both sides draw different meaning about how the Nov. 4 ballot question would affect Arlington's future. Consider finances.
Charlie Foskett, vice chair of the town Finance Committee, says the act is a Ponzi scheme that creates a "slush fund." Backing it would threaten support for the down-the-road override vote for rebuilding Arlington High School.
Joe Curro, vice chair of selectmen, says that those who believe the act is "murky" about how funds are allotted "should recognize that the commitment to fiscal transparency and cooperative decision-making in Arlington is ingrained."His lengthy statement also addresses the fear that adoption would endanger a high school rebuild.
Such fears "echo the types of concerns that were raised by some in neighboring Lexington when the Community Preservation Act was adopted there in 2005," he writes. "And yet, when a potential scaling back of the program was discussed in 2011, that town’s Capital Expenditures Committee reported to Town Meeting: 'With 20:20 hindsight, the present committee, 4 of the 5 members still being the same as 6 years ago, will be the first to admit that we were wrong.'"
On Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., Arlington Public News, a division of Arlington Community Media inc., will host a debate on town ballot Question 5, which addresses the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in Arlington.
Representing those who favor rejection of the CPA will be J. Michael Ruderman, a longtime member of Town Meeting who also served 10 years as a commissioner on the Arlington Historical Commission. Debating on behalf of those who favor adoption of the CPA will be Joseph Curro, vice chair of the Board of Selectmen.
The debate will be a live-to-tape event, and will be posted to the ACMi website (acmi.tv) within 24 hours of its conclusion. Viewers will also be able to see the debate on
The Arlington School Committee plans to meet Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., in the School Committee Room, sixth floor, Arlington High School. Agenda:
6:30 p.m. Executive Session
· To discuss strategy with respect to litigation if an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigating position of the public body and the chair so declares.
7:00 p.m. Open Meeting B. Hayner
7:05 p.m. Public Participation
7:10 p.m. Open Checkbook Initiative, A. Chapdelaine, Town Manager, A. Flanagan, Deputy Town Manager